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Seven Weeks for Water 2018

According to the Christian tradition, Lent is a time to prepare for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ. During this period many people engage in fasting and practice moderation or self-denial in order to focus on repentance and consecrating themselves to God. While water has a strong spiritual significance in the Christian tradition as a gift from God, this scarce resource is threatened and denied to millions around the world. The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) invites you to use this season of Lent to reflect on water. Since 2008, EWN has been providing weekly theological reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent and for World Water Day on 22 March.
Seven Weeks for Water 2018

People survey the erosion caused by sand mining on the Carepa river, Colombia. ©Sean Hawkey/WCC

Event details

When

14 February - 30 March 2018

Where

Bogota, Colombia

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According to the Christian tradition, Lent is a time to prepare for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ. During this period many people engage in fasting and practice moderation or self-denial in order to focus on repentance and consecrating themselves to God. While water has a strong spiritual significance in the Christian tradition as a gift from God, this scarce resource is threatened and denied to millions around the world.

The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) invites you to use this season of Lent to reflect on water. Since 2008, EWN has been providing weekly theological reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent and for World Water Day on 22 March.

A pilgrimage of water justice in Latin America

The WCC’s Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace will have a regional focus on Latin America and Caribbean region in  2018. Accordingly, the Seven Weeks for Water in 2018 will take us on a pilgrimage of water justice in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. The Biblio-theological reflections and resources for the seven weeks will be based on the water crisis in the LAC region and take into consideration issues of justice and peace.

During Lent 2018, various activities around the Seven Weeks for Water will take place in LAC region, starting with the launch of the Lenten Campaign on Water Justice in Bogota, Colombia on 14 February, Ash Wednesday (according to the Western traditions of Christianity).

Leaders of the WCC, members of Reference Group of the Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace, Latin American Council of Churches, and local churches will participate in the launching ceremony.

Reflections, liturgies and other resources will be uploaded to the EWN website every week, starting from the 1st week of February.

This year the reflections are written by theologians and environmentalists from Latin America with a LAC perspective. Incidentally,  the World Water Forum is also taking place in Brazil during the Lenten period, 18-23 March 2018.